My dad was quite the photographer. He even built his own darkroom! Back in the 1980's when he was at his photography peak, I wasn't too interested in learning, even though he would have loved to teach me. That's a decision I deeply regret. I love taking photos now and wish I had let him mentor me while I had the opportunity. Hindsight...boo.
I have two cameras that I love to use (a Nikon D100 and a Canon PowerShot G10). I've had the Nikon for 11 years and the Canon for 7 months~and I must admit that they have rarely been off of the "Auto" settings. I finally realized how goofy it is to have cameras that I don't really know how to use. My SIL, Lori, convinced me to enroll in an online digital photography class. I am so glad I did! It's a 7-week course called Oh Shoot Photography and can be found here. Lesson 1 was to shoot a moving subject with a slow shutter speed, which produces a softer, more "blurred" image and can capture the essence of the movement. Then we were to shoot the movement again at a fast shutter speed.
What better moving object to photograph than the cutest grand-daughter on the planet? LOL
I used my Canon G10 primarily because it fits in my purse and was easy to take along for this assignment. LOL This was shot at a shutter speed of 1/60, which means the shutter was open for 1/60th of a second. (Hard to believe that's considered slow!) Check out Emma's hair.
This was shot at a shutter speed of 1/250. Notice how crisp and clear Emma is, including her magic wand (aka the stick).
In addition to a weekly technical assignment, there is also a weekly creative assignment. This week, the assignment was to take a photo in your town of something you have never photographed before. I live in the country and wanted a photo depicting that. I also love to take photos through branches and of water reflections~I really like the "artsy" look I get. So when I spotted this at the end of my street, I knew I had found my shot.
I can't wait for next week's lesson! Lori, thanks for talking me into this!
Have a fabulous weekend!